18 Total Updates since December 4, 2012
5 months ago Article 139 comments
The Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to fire Gene Smith, according to a report.
5 months ago Article 55 comments
A few names of general manager names for the Jaguars have cropped up.
5 months ago Article 55 comments
New GM, new coach, new quarterback? No problem.
5 months ago Article 67 comments
If Geno Smith is an available option for the Jaguars, it's easily the most logical conclusion for the team.
5 months ago Article 61 comments
Why can't the Jaguars rebuild their roster within reason in a single offseason?
5 months ago Article 259 comments
The Jacksonville Jaguars are headed towards a complete rebuild, so they might be in a position where they have to draft a quarterback.
5 months ago Article 63 comments
As the almost certain firing of Jaguars GM Gene Smith looms on the horizon, the first name linked as a potential replacement has surfaced.
5 months ago Update 8 comments
The Jacksonville Jaguars will likely be replacing their general manager in the offseason, so it's time to begin looking at some of the candidates for the position, such as Tom Gamble. Gamble is a name who should be familiar to Jaguars fans if they've paid attention to the front offices in the AFC South, but probably isn't a household name.
Gamble was a college scout directly under Bill Polian from 1998 to 2004 with the Indianapolis Colts, helping build a dominant football team. It's believed that Gamble left the Colts in 2004 when Chris Polian was promoted to Asst. General Manager/Football Operations.
Currently Gamble serves as the San Francisco 49ers Director of Player Personnel after having served as the Director of Pro Personnel for the past seven years. Gamble interviewed for the St. Louis Rams general manager position last season and is likely going to be a target of teams in 2013.
While working closely with General Manager Trent Baalke, Gamble oversees both the college and pro personnel efforts. In his previous role, Gamble monitored every NFL roster with an emphasis on scouting talent of upcoming pro free agents, while also maintaining continuous depth of personnel on the 49ers roster. In 2010, Gamble had been assigned additional responsibilities in collegiate scouting in order to maximize the use of his extensive experience in talent evaluation.
One interesting note with Gamble is the fact that he works with a team who's believed to be involved with the new movement of using analytics, which is something the Jaguars are likely going to employ going forward.
5 months ago Article 30 comments
Much has been made about Tony Khan's role with football analytics, but despite common misconception it's not exactly "Moneyball".
5 months ago Article 28 comments
As a fan, we want wins. Point Blank. A switch to the 34 could possibly help the team, but the argument of the effectiveness of schemes takes a backseat to plucking talent off the draft tree.
6 months ago Article 105 comments
The Jacksonville Jaguars are going to need to completely rebuild their team in order to be competitive in the future.
6 months ago Update 13 comments
The Jacksonville Jaguars will likely be replacing their general manager in the offseason, so it's time to begin looking at some of the candidates for the position, such as Eric DeCosta. DeCosta is a name that a lot of fans are familiar with because he's been a target of teams for a few years now. DeCosta is the Baltimore Ravens assistant general manager, taking a new contract to keep him on board last season.
DeCosta turned down a few interviews last season because he's the heir apparent to Ozzie Newsome as the Ravens general manager, so he's going to be hard to acquire. He will likely be the top priority for most teams looking for a general manager so the offer will have to be lucrative and likely giving DeCosta total control over the franchise.
DeCosta has over 16 years of experience scouting both college and pro and has been a part of one of the most successful drafting franchises in the modern NFL. DeCosta was first hired in 1996 as a player personnel assistant and was promoted to a Mid-West Area Scout in 1998, continuously working his way up the food chain under Ozzie Newsome.
6 months ago Update 14 comments
The Jacksonville Jaguars will likely be replacing their general manager in the offseason, so it's time to begin looking at some of the candidates for the position, such as Jason Licht. Licht currently serves as the Director of Player Personnel for the Arizona Cardinals and has worked for five different NFL teams in his career and even coached in the NFL. Licht was the runner up for the Chicago Bears general manager position last year, losing out to Phil Emery, and will likely be the target of teams looking for a new general manager in 2013.
Licht spent a season working for the National Football Scouting group, scouting collegiate players, before joining the Carolina Panthers in 1998. Licht worked for the Panthers until 2000, when he took a position with the New England Patriots, eventually working his way up to be the Patriots assistant director of player personnel 2002.
In 2003 Licht joined Tom Heckert with the Philadelphia Eagles as the assistant director of player personnel. Licht was fired by the Eagles in 2008 and joined the Arizona Cardinals. Licht then left the Cardinals to re-join the Patriots as their director of pro personnel but re-joined the Cardinals in 2012.
Licht is the type of candidate who has worked with successful franchises that do a good job of drafting talent and making smart free agency acquisitions and could be a solid choice for the Jaguars general manager position. Shad Khan may lean towards a personnel guy with lots of experience around the league, so keep an eye on Licht.
6 months ago Article 66 comments
The Jacksonville Jaguars are going to need to completely rebuild parts of their team in order to be competitive in the future and one area to start is on the offensive side of the ball.
6 months ago Update 22 comments
The Jacksonville Jaguars will likely be replacing their general manager in the offseason, so it's time to begin looking at some of the candidates for the position, such as Alonzo Highsmith. Highsmith was an NFL running back for six seasons and was also part of the Miami Hurricanes 1983 championship team, which famously earned the "U" moniker. Highsmith retired from the NFL in 1992 due to multiple injuries, but got into the scouting ranks with the Green Bay Packers in 1999 after a short stint as a heavyweight boxer.
Highsmith trained under Ron Wolf and current Packers general manager Ted Thompson and has been targeted by other teams for upper management roles, but not as a role as a general manager, and the Packers blocked other teams from interviewing him. Highsmith was promoted to be a senior personnel executive in May of 2012.
Highsmith was credited for unearthing talented cornerback Tramon Williams and won the 2010 NFL Scout of the Year award and is considered a "dark horse" candidate for teams looking for an up-and-coming general manager. If the Jaguars are looking to get aggressive in their search and get a highly regard talent evaluator who's worked his way up the ranks, Highsmith might be someone they target.
6 months ago Update 7 comments
The Jacksonville Jaguars will likely be replacing their general manager in the offseason, so it's time to begin looking at some of the candidates for the position. The first person we're going to take a look at is Marc Ross, the New York Giants Director of College Scouting. Ross has been in charge of the Giants scouting department for the past five seasons.
Ross began his career in the NFL as a regional scout for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1997 and was promoted to their scouting director in 2000 at just 27 years old. With the Eagles, Ross was responsible for drafting players such as Brian Westbrook, Lito Sheppard and Derrick Burgess.
Ross then joined the Buffalo Bills in 2004 as a national scout and joined the Giants in 2007.
Under Ross' direction, one area the Giants have drafted exceedingly well at is the defensive end position, which is an area the Jaguars have struggled since Tony Brackens retired. Ross has interviewed for general manager jobs with the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, and Seattle Seahawks in the past and is believed to be a top candiate for teams looking for a general manager in 2012.
6 months ago Article 82 comments
The Jacksonville Jaguars are going to need to completely rebuild parts of their team in order to be competitive in the future and one area to start is on the defensive side of the ball.